Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow is famous for securing religious rights!

Jay Sekulow is a prominent name in the law practices associated with religious liberty and civil rights. He is popular for fighting on behalf of those in legal jeopardy and helps them secure religious harmony and liberty. As a civil attorney, Jay has been active since the year 1978 till present.

He is the Chief Counsel for ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) and hosts shows both on radio network as well as television. Mr. Sekulow is known for arguing on key issues associated with first amendment. He has been involved in a number of cases that grabbed media attention.

Mr. Sekulow served as the counsel to Mary and Robert Schindler during the controversy that involved their daughter Terri Schiavo. Another famous case involved him arguing on the behalf of some anti-abortion activists who were claimed to be violating a statute after carrying out demonstrations in front of abortion clinics. For more information visit here

Jay Sekulow - The man whose mission is to protect religious liberty!

Since many years, Mr. Jay Sekulow has been fighting for people's right and it’s due to his sheer efforts that word about his mission to protect religious liberty not just spread out in the United States, but outreached internationally.

Christians had to face racial discrimination, violence and injustice because of practicing their faith. Mr. Jay Sekulow stood up for them and made various contributions to protect their rights. For almost 12 times, he argued in front of the Supreme Court and successfully made several landmark changes.

For the achievements that Mr. Jay Sekulow made during his legal career, he was honored with various awards and recognitions. A few of those recognitions include Townhall magazine named Jay Sekulow in their Townhall of Fame as one of the top lawyers for religious freedom in the United States, Legal Times named him as The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years and Time magazine named him as one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals. Full information at here

Jay Sekulow - The Name that Needs no Introduction

Jay Sekulow is one of the most renowned lawyers of the world who have taken praiseworthy initiatives to protect rights of people. As a passionate attorney, he has presented several cases in the Supreme Court and has achieved victory in all of them.

Apart from this, he holds respectful position in the society as he has made valuable contribution in making necessary amendments in the constitution so that people can live an easy life that is free from miseries and troubles.

The way he has presented himself on the behalf of the people is commendable. He is a lawyer who has passion for protecting religious rights of the people.

He is not only a reputed attorney but also very popular on television. He has hosted numerous shows on television and radio to provide the best possible legal advice to individuals who are facing issues in living a free life. Read more at here

ACLJ Tells House Committee IRS Harassment and Abuse Still Ongoing - Lawsuit to be Filed Next Week Against IRS

(Washington, DC) - The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents 27 Tea Party organizations unlawfully targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, today told a House committee that harassment and abuse is still ongoing, with 10 organizations still facing investigation by a politically-motivated IRS. The ACLJ is preparing a lawsuit to be filed against the IRS next week. Further, the IRS has refused to respond to a demand letter giving the agency until today to approve the tax-exempt status for the ACLJ's pending clients.

“The unlawful and unconstitutional conduct of the IRS will be addressed in a lawsuit to be filed next week in federal court,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “The IRS has refused to respond to our demand letter and has failed to approve the tax-exempt status of 10 of our clients, which are still being targeted and investigated even after the IRS admitted to the corrupt conduct. One of our clients received a follow-up IRS questionnaire seeking more intrusive information just days ago. We applaud the efforts underway in Congress to get to the bottom of what happened - to find out who knew what about this scandal and when. Specifically, we're grateful to the House Ways and Means Committee for today's hearing – the first of many – to put a spotlight on the abhorrent conduct exhibited by the IRS."

The ACLJ provided written testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee today, which is posted here.

“The IRS, as well as this Administration, needs to understand that all Americans are now aware of this unconstitutional targeting of American’s First Amendment rights and demand that it cease immediately,” the ACLJ writes. “Only transparency and accountability to the Congress and the American public will root out corruption in the IRS.”

Sekulow said a federal lawsuit will be filed next week on behalf of a number of conservative organizations. “The lawsuit will name as defendants the Department of Treasury, the IRS, and government officials,” said Sekulow. “It will focus on constitutional issues as well damages incurred by the organizations. We will represent a number of our clients, including groups that have received tax-exempt status and groups that are still pending. We also will represent new clients that have approached us since the IRS admitted to its intimidation strategy.”

In the demand letter sent to the IRS calling for the approval of the tax-exempt status of the 10 organizations by today or face legal action, the ACLJ also noted that the IRS not only violated its own rules and regulations but "failed miserably" – noting that the "growing mistrust of the IRS is the inevitable (and totally understandable) result of its unwise actions."
 
The ACLJ represents 27 Tea Party organizations targeted by the IRS. Fifteen have received tax-exempt status. Ten are still pending and two other organizations withdrew because of frustration with the IRS.
 
Despite the assertion by the IRS that this scheme originated with a couple of rogue agents out of the Cincinnati office, the fact is that the ACLJ’s clients have received letters from Cincinnati, but also from two offices in California, El Monte and Laguna Niguel as well as the national office in Washington, D.C. In fact, the Washington office sent a letter to one of our clients as recently as one month ago.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C.


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Jay Sekulow - A real fighter in the immigration business!

Not everyone can stand up for people’s right. There are only a few noble people, who can actually raise their voice to the world and ensure that people get what they deserve.

As we all know, religious discrimination is one major concern in today's time and there are only few people who do not bother about their financial concerns and come on the forefront to help all those needy people who are oppressed on the basis of religion.

One such person who has fought for people’s right is Mr. Jay Sekulow. He is the man who has worked for various distinguished religious litigation matters that has helped many troubled people.

Apart from fighting for people’s rights in court, Mr. Jay Sekulow has also spread awareness amongst the commoners via television and radio shows, regarding the changing legal strategies and injustice caused. Read more information at here

ACLJ Calls IRS Apology for Targeting Tea Party Groups "Significant Victory for Free Speech and Freedom of Association"

(Washington, DC) - The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents nearly 30 Tea Party organizations nationwide against an assault by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), called today’s apology by the IRS a "significant victory for free speech and freedom of association."

The ACLJ began representing Tea Party groups after the IRS launched an effort to intimidate Tea Party organizations by demanding information that is outside the scope of legitimate inquiry and violated the First Amendment. The IRS demanded that groups reveal the internal workings of their organizations - including the identification of members, how they are selected, who they associate with, and even what they discuss.

Today, the Associated Press reported that Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, issued an apology and said that practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and inappropriately focused on groups that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, singling them out for additional reviews. Today, she said the practice was wrong and should not have occurred.

“We knew from the very start that this intimidation tactic was coordinated and focused directly on specific organizations,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “This admission by the IRS represents a significant victory for free speech and freedom of association. There was never any doubt that these organizations complied with the law and applied for tax exempt status for their activities as Americans have done for decades. And for the many tax-exempt groups we represent, this is an important day – and underscores the need to stand-up and defend your constitutional freedoms.”

The ACLJ represents 27 groups in more than 17 states across the country. To date, 15 groups have been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS, the others are pending and no organization has been denied.

“The IRS admission and apology should have come much sooner,” said Sekulow. “It took the threat of legal action to get the IRS to make this admission. And while many of the organizations we represent have finally been granted tax-exempt status, we demand the IRS immediately approve the pending applications for the remainder of our clients.”

The ACLJ said the IRS information demands sent to the Tea Party groups are not in response to complaints of wrongdoing, but instead in response to applications by the organizations for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax exempt status.

Sekulow, who served as a trial lawyer with the Office of the Chief Counsel for the IRS earlier in his career, said many of the questions were simply inappropriate and fall well outside the scope of legitimate IRS inquiry. A sampling of the problematic questions are posted here.

The ACLJ also called for Congressional oversight hearings on this issue. The ACLJ has heard from more than 50,000 Americans urging Congress to conduct hearings concerning the IRS actions in this matter.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C.

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ACLJ Calls on Defense Secretary to Cut Ties with Anti-Christian Extremist Used by Pentagon as Advisor on Religious Tolerance

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which defends religious freedom and the constitution, urged the Secretary of Defense today to cut ties with an anti-Christian extremist whom the Pentagon is using to provide advice on crafting policies on religious tolerance for the armed forces. In a letter to Secretary Chuck Hagel, the ACLJ argues that the views of Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) “do not comport with Supreme Court opinions on permissibly religious expression” and urges Secretary Hagel to discontinue using him as a consultant on religious tolerance.

“Mikey Weinstein’s beliefs and statements are not only offensive, but clearly represent the vehement intolerance that our military should reject,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “To use him as an advisor in crafting policy for religious tolerance is absurd. Without question, he’s among the world's worst candidates to advise Pentagon officials on religious matters. This extremist has no business advising the Pentagon on any matters – much less the critically important need to protect the religious freedom of our men and women serving in the military.

Weinstein has a long track record of using pejorative language to describe Christians – including words and phrases like “monsters,” “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers,” “bigots,” “stuck pigs,” “evil,” “hate groups,” and “die-hard enemies of the Constitution.”

Weinstein says that Christians exercising their faith in the military “is a national security threat. What is happening … is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”

He also says, “We are fighting the Christian version of the Taliban.”  “We’re fighting Al Qaeda. We’re fighting the Taliban, and we’re turning our own military into that exact same thing.”

In the letter, which is posted here, the ACLJ argues:

“While he claims to be in pursuit of religious tolerance, he readily defames those who disagree with him and accuses them of all manner of evil activities. In truth, Mr. Weinstein's disagreement is with the beliefs held by those he targets, beliefs that he frequently misunderstands and misstates and beliefs he periodically mocks.”

By providing consultative services to the Pentagon, the ACLJ notes that: “In effect, Mr. Weinstein is demanding that the Pentagon adopt his position on what theological beliefs, expression, and conduct are acceptable.”

The ACLJ specifically calls on Secretary Hagel to cut ties with Weinstein immediately:

“In light of the facts and law presented above, it is clear that Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF do not represent views or pursue policies that enhance religious tolerance. Mr. Weinstein advocates extreme positions which he defends with intemperate and ill-considered arguments. He is an extremist who sees constitutional violations where none exist. He is the last person who should be consulted in developing a balanced policy on religious expression in the armed forces of the United States.”

In addition to the letter, the ACLJ has heard from more than 65,000 Americans who are calling on the Obama Administration to end its relationship with Weinstein.

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C.


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ACLJ & 190K Americans Urge Court to Dismiss Atheist Suit Challenging Ground Zero Cross

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, today filed an amicus brief on behalf of more than 190,000 Americans urging a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an atheist organization that is trying to remove a cross memorial at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. The cross is fashioned by two intersecting steel beams that survived the Twin Towers' collapse on 9/11.

"The legal arguments of the atheist organization are both offensive and absurd," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. "We've heard from more than 190,000 Americans who support the Ground Zero cross and understand that this symbol provides hope and comfort for a nation that survived the tragic attacks of September 11th. We're confident the court will reject the flawed arguments challenging this cross and determine that this memorial is not only constitutional, but an appropriate exhibit for the museum."

American Atheists filed a federal suit claiming the cross is unconstitutional. They assert they are suffering both physical and emotional damages from the mere existence of the cross, resulting in headaches, indigestion, even mental pain.

In the amicus brief filed today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the ACLJ contends the decision to include the cross is a permissible exercise of free speech and does not represent a violation of the Establishment Clause.

The brief contends: "Plaintiffs’ lawsuit represents a dangerous and unprecedented attempt to literally rewrite history and cleanse the record of a historically significant artifact. In the days and weeks following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the challenged World Trade Center Cross (the “Cross”) had a widely documented and positive effect on the First Responders at the Ground Zero site. It is entirely appropriate and lawful for the curators of a museum to acknowledge the Cross’s actual, historic role by placing it in the September 11 Memorial Museum."

In urging the court to dismiss the suit, the ACLJ concludes that "a museum – public or private – has the academic freedom to display religiously-themed artifacts of historical or artistic significance." In its brief, posted here, the ACLJ represents itself and more than 190,000 Americans who signed on to the Committee to Protect the Ground Zero Cross.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is based in Washington, D.C.

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ACLJ asks Federal Court to Block HHS Mandate for St. Louis Company

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, today urged a federal court to grant a preliminary injunction which would halt the enforcement of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that violates the religious beliefs of a Missouri business owner.  The ACLJ filed a federal lawsuit in March against the HHS challenging the mandate, which requires employers to purchase health insurance for their employees that include coverage for contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

The ACLJ represents Frank R. O'Brien and O'Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC (OIH) - a holding company based in St. Louis, Missouri. O'Brien is chairman of OIH which operates a number of businesses that explore, mine, and process refractory and ceramic raw materials, with its products going to more than 40 countries. The company faces a January 1, 2013 deadline to have a new health care policy in place for his 87 employees.

“We’re asking the Court to intervene right now because in a very short time our client, Frank O'Brien, will be faced with a choice no government has the right to impose on him: abandon his business, or abandon his beliefs,” said Francis J. Manion, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ who is representing O’Brien. “The HHS mandate is an unprecedented attack on the religious liberty of millions of Americans. It’s a clear violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment. We are asking the Court to intervene and enjoin the government from continuing to suppress the liberty of Frank O'Brien and his company to run their business in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs.”

In its motion asking the court to grant a preliminary injunction in the case, the ACLJ contends that O’Brien is likely to succeed on the merits of the lawsuit and urges the court to grant the business an exemption to the mandate while the case is litigated.

As Manion put it: “The same government that wants to coerce O'Brien into violating his beliefs is, at the same, exempting millions of other employers from complying with the mandate. This is not only unfair but unconstitutional as well."

“The government has no right to decide which religious believers are ‘religious’ enough to qualify for an exemption from the HHS mandate. Our constitution and laws do not give HHS Secretary Sebelius or any other official the power to start handing out ‘Seals of Government-Approved Godliness’.”

O'Brien, a Catholic, says his religious beliefs provide the framework for the operation of his businesses. The company website states the OIH mission “is to make our labor a pleasing offering to the Lord while enriching our families and society.” OIH’s statement of the company's values begins with the following: “Integrity. Our conduct is guided by the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments. We will not discriminate based on anyone's personal belief system.”

Calling the mandate a “constitutional and statutory train wreck” – the ACLJ urges the court to grant preliminary injunctive relief “in order to allow O’Brien and OIH to be able to run their business in a manner consistent with the religious values and beliefs that have shaped the company from its start.”

The motion requesting the preliminary injunction is posted here. The federal lawsuit filed in March is available here.

The lawsuit names as defendants, the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Sebelius; the Department of the Treasury and Secretary Geithner; and the Department of Labor and Secretary Solis. The ACLJ is being assisted in this lawsuit by the Fidelis Center for Law and Policy, a Chicago-based educational and advocacy group.

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ is based in Washington, D.C.


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Jay Sekulow has unmatched passion for protecting religious liberty!

Mr. Jay Sekulow is the Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of the most prestigious law firms in the U.S. that was founded to defend constitutional and religious rights. As a counselor, a scholar, and a litigator, Mr. Sekulow, over the past 25 years, has presented arguments on 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a lawyer, Jay Sekulow has successfully secured the rights of religious liberty and constitutional freedom including “The Right to pass through tracks for religious groups in airports”, “The right to establish prayer groups and Bible clubs in public school campus by students”, “ The right to access public facilities in churches on equality basis”, and others.

His work exceeds national boundaries through his legal firms including The European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ), The African Center for Law and Justice in Zimbabwe, The Slavic Center of Law and Justice (SCLJ) in Moscow, and The East African Center for Law and Justice in Kenya.

Besides all this, Mr. Sekulow regularly appears on various medical outlets including CNN, FOX News, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS.

ACLJ & 79 Members of Congress Back Catholic Legal Challenges to HHS Mandate

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is representing 79 Members of Congress in submitting amicus briefs in 12 separate lawsuits brought by more than 40 Catholic organizations challenging a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that violates the religious beliefs of the organizations.

The Catholic organizations, including the Archdiocese of New York, the University of Notre Dame, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, are challenging the HHS mandate. The mandate requires employers to cover sterilization, prescription contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and related patient education and counseling services in their health insurance plans regardless of the employers’ religious opposition to such activities and services.

"It is essential to defeat the HHS mandate," said Edward White, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ. "The mandate devastates the religious freedom of all employers seeking to comply with their religious beliefs. This is not just an issue negatively impacting Catholics. This is an issue negatively impacting employers of all faiths."

In the briefs submitted in the cases backing the Catholic organizations, the ACLJ opposes the federal government's motions to dismiss the 12 lawsuits. The briefs were submitted with requests that the courts accept them for filing.

Joining the ACLJ on the briefs are the following 79 Members of the United States House of Representatives: Jeff Landry (LA), Robert Aderholt (AL), Todd Akin (MO), Mark Amodei (NV), Michele Bachmann (MN), Spencer Bachus (AL), Lou Barletta (PA), Roscoe Bartlett (MD), Dan Benishek (MI), Gus Bilirakis (FL), Diane Black (TN), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Charles Boustany (LA), Kevin Brady (TX), Paul Broun (GA), Dan Burton (IN), Francisco “Quico” Canseco (TX), Bill Cassidy (LA), Steve Chabot (OH), Michael Conaway (TX), Chip Cravaack (MN), Jeff Duncan (SC), Renee Ellmers (NC), Stephen Fincher (TN), John Fleming (LA), Bill Flores (TX), J. Randy Forbes (VA), Jeff Fortenberry (NE), Virginia Foxx (NC), Bob Goodlatte (VA), Gregg Harper (MS), Andy Harris (MD), Vicky Hartzler (MO), Wally Herger (CA), Tim Huelskamp (KS), Bill Huizenga (MI), Bill Johnson (OH), Walter Jones (NC), Jim Jordan (OH), Mike Kelly (PA), Steve King (IA), John Kline (MN), Raul Labrador (ID), Doug Lamborn (CO), James Lankford (OK), Bob Latta (OH), Dan Lipinski (IL), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO), Dan Lungren (CA), Don Manzullo (IL), Jeff Miller (FL), Mick Mulvaney (SC), Tim Murphy (PA), Randy Neugebauer (TX), Alan Nunnelee (MS), Pete Olson (TX), Steven Palazzo (MS), Ron Paul (TX), Steve Pearce (NM), Joe Pitts (PA), Ted Poe (TX), Mike Pompeo (KS), Ben Quayle (AZ), Reid Ribble (WI), Phil Roe (TN), Todd Rokita (IN), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Dennis Ross (FL), Steve Scalise (LA), Bobby Schilling (IL), Jean Schmidt (OH), David Schweikert (AZ), Adrian Smith (NE), Chris Smith (NJ), Lamar Smith (TX), Glenn Thompson (PA), Tim Walberg (MI), Lynn Westmoreland (GA), and Joe Wilson (SC).

The ACLJ and the Members of Congress explain in their "friend of the court" briefs that the mandate runs counter to America's long and proud tradition of accommodating the religious beliefs and practices of all its citizens. The briefs contend that the mandate imposes an unconstitutional burden on individuals and organizations, who firmly oppose having to subsidize, provide, and/or facilitate activities and services that are contrary to their religious beliefs.

You can view the 12 "friend of the court" briefs here: http://aclj.org/obamacare/aclj-79-members-congress-back-religious-organizations-lawsuits-challenging-hhs-mandate

The ACLJ’s own federal lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate is proceeding in federal court in St. Louis, Missouri.

This was the first lawsuit filed on behalf of a private business, contending the mandate violates constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. The ACLJ just filed a motion urging the court to block the HHS mandate for O'Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC.

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ is based in Washington, D.C.


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ACLJ Adds New Legal Challenge: Federal Suit Filed to Block HHS Mandate for Missouri Companies

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, today filed its third direct challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the basis that the mandate violates the religious beliefs of business owners. The lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Missouri and contends that the HHS mandate violates constitutional and statutory rights by requiring four Missouri companies to purchase health insurance for employees that includes coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.

The ACLJ represents Paul and Henry Griesedieck, who own and control four companies that are involved, generally, in the business of wholesale scrap metal recycling and manufacturing of recycling machines. The four companies are: Springfield Iron and Metal located in Springfield, Missouri; American Pulverizer and City Welding – both located in St. Louis, Missouri; and Hustler Conveyor, which is located in O’Fallon, Missouri. The companies employ approximately 175 people who are covered by three separate health insurance policies. The owners, who are Evangelical Christians, contend that the HHS mandate requiring coverage for abortion-inducing drugs – including the “morning-after pill” – violates their religious beliefs.

“The HHS mandate is an unprecedented violation of religious liberty,” said Francis Manion, ACLJ Senior Counsel. “Coercing Americans into paying for services that violate their religious beliefs goes against our nation’s best traditions of respect for the religious diversity of our people. It’s also against the law.”

The lawsuit, posted here, argues that the HHS mandate violates the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

The lawsuit contends that Paul and Henry Griesedieck, the owners of the companies, “are confronted with choosing between complying with its requirements in violation of their religious beliefs, or paying ruinous fines that would have a crippling impact on their ability to survive economically.” The suit argues the mandate forces them to “provide their employees with coverage of those services that Plaintiffs consider immoral on religious grounds.”

Manion added: “Our clients simply want to run their business in a way that doesn't force them to violate their religious beliefs. For the government to require them to choose between abandoning their beliefs or abandoning their business is both unfair and unconstitutional. We will ask the court in this case to uphold our clients' right of religious liberty in the face of this unwarranted abuse of governmental power.”

In the suit, the ACLJ is requesting that the court block implementation of the mandate to prevent it from being enforced when the company renews its health insurance policies in December.

Today’s suit represents the third direct challenge in federal court by the ACLJ to the HHS mandate.

Last week, the ACLJ filed suit on behalf of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family owned, full-service construction contractor located in Highland, Illinois. The suit contends that the HHS mandate violates the Catholic faith of the company’s owners. And in March, the ACLJ filed a federal suit on behalf of O'Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC (OIH) - a holding company based in St. Louis, Missouri. That case is now before a federal appeals court after a lower court dismissed the suit.

In addition to the direct challenges, the ACLJ has filed numerous amicus briefs backing other legal challenges to the HHS mandate.

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ is based in Washington, D.C.

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Jay Sekulow holds unrivaled legal expertise!

The American law expert and the chief counsel of ACLJ, Jay Sekulow made selfless contributions to bring freedom of speech and religious liberties for the people across the globe.

The European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) in Strasbourg, the East African Centre for Law and Justice in Kenya, The African Centre for Law and Justice in Zimbabwe, The Slavic Centre of Law and Justice (SCLJ) in Moscow, and American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) are the various law firms through which he offers his services in different parts of the world.

Besides all this, he also hosts a talk show Jay Sekulow Live that is broadcasted on XM and Sirius satellite radios and terrestrial radio as well. In addition to this, Mr. Sekulow also hosts a TV show, ACLJ This Week, broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Daystar.

ACLJ & More Than 108,000 Americans Urged Federal Appeals Court to Declare Two Maryland Laws Targeting Crisis Pregnancy Centers Unconstitutional

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is fighting ordinances that target crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in cities across America, today urged a federal appeals court to invalidate two Maryland laws in their entirety. The ACLJ today filed an amicus brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit arguing that a federal district court decision issued last year was correct in declaring the Baltimore ordinance unconstitutional. It also urges the invalidation of a similar Montgomery County ordinance.

"What's become clear is the fact that pro-abortion organizations continue to systematically target and punish crisis pregnancy centers across the nation by violating their First Amendment rights," said CeCe Heil, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ. "We have seen a concerted effort by pro-abortion groups to marginalize and distort the message of crisis pregnancy centers. We are asking the full appeals court to protect the First Amendment rights of these centers, and declare the Baltimore and Montgomery County statutes unconstitutional and unenforceable."

A federal district court in 2011 declared the Baltimore law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs stating they do not refer for abortions or birth-control violates the Freedom of Speech Clause of the First Amendment. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld that decision in June 2012. Now, the full appeals court has decided to rehear the case. In today's friend-of-the-court brief representing more than 108,000 Americans, the ACLJ urges the full appeals court to declare the Baltimore and Montgomery County ordinances unconstitutional.

The ACLJ argues the Baltimore law is not only unconstitutional, but was part of an organized plan by pro-abortion organizations to target crisis pregnancy centers across the country. The brief, posted here, argues: "The various laws imposing disclaimer mandates upon CPCs are not based upon actual evidence of a concrete, non-hypothetical problem necessitating government intervention, but rather are based upon a self-reinforcing echo chamber of pro-abortion advocates’ rhetoric and accusations passed from city to city for the purpose of hampering the efforts of CPCs." The Fourth Circuit will also be reviewing a Montgomery County, Maryland resolution that imposes similar restrictions upon crisis pregnancy centers.

The Baltimore appeal comes as the ACLJ continues to litigate its case against New York City’s law targeting crisis pregnancy centers. The ACLJ recently argued before a federal appeals court in the New York City case that the ordinance violates the constitutionally protected rights to freedom of speech, and due process of law, guaranteed to Plaintiffs by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C. The ACLJ is online at www.aclj.org.

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ACLJ Files Second Lawsuit Asking Federal Court to Block HHS Mandate for Illinois Company

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, has filed a second federal lawsuit challenging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that violates the religious beliefs of Illinois business owners.  The new lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, argues that the HHS mandate violates constitutional and statutory rights by requiring the company to purchase health insurance for employees that includes coverage for contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

The ACLJ represents Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family owned, full-service construction contractor serving Central and Southern Illinois for over 50 years. The company is located in Highland, Illinois and has about 90 full time employees. The company provides a group health insurance plan for only its non-union employees, which number about 20. Cyril B. Korte and Jane E. Korte own a controlling interest in the company and contend the HHS mandate violates their Catholic faith.

According to ACLJ Senior Counsel Edward White, “The HHS mandate violates America’s longstanding history of protecting conscience rights. The mandate is unlawfully compelling employers such as our clients to do the following: abandon their faith to comply with the law, or follow their faith and pay significant annual penalties to the federal government. The mandate must be invalidated.”

The suit, posted here, contends that the HHS mandate violates the Free Exercise Clause, the Establishment Clause, and the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. It also argues the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

The ACLJ also filed a motion for preliminary injunction and a motion for partial summary judgment, requesting that the court block implementation of the mandate to prevent it from being enforced when the company renews its health insurance coverage on January 1, 2013.  The supporting legal briefs are posted here and here.

This is the second lawsuit of its kind filed by the ACLJ.

In March, the ACLJ filed a federal suit on behalf of O'Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC (OIH) - a holding company based in St. Louis, Missouri. The legal challenge is similar: the HHS mandate violates the deeply held religious beliefs of the company and its owner. The case is now before a federal appeals court after a lower court dismissed the suit.

White further commented, “Several cases challenging the HHS mandate, including our case on behalf of OIH, are already in the federal courts of appeal. We are confident that we will succeed at that level. There is little doubt, however, that these cases will ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court for final resolution. The legal challenge to the mandate is among the most important religious civil liberties causes ever waged.”

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ is based in Washington, D.C.

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Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ has been the undefeated warrior of Liberty and Justice for people

‘As a highly acclaimed attorney, Jay Sekulow has been fighting for many years the legal battle for people’s religious beliefs, bringing them peace and justice.’

As a special guest on many television networks, voicing out programs on major radio stations, making people aware about their religious rights, and fighting the authorities in order to bring justice for the people, is how Jay Sekulow has become an accomplished attorney throughout his career.

Jay Allan Sekulow, one of the most highly acclaimed litigators of present times, is someone who has always stood up for justice. A cum laude graduate from the Mercer University, Jay began his career as a tax trial attorney at the office of the Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, and soon established himself as a successful lawyer.

His success as an attorney led him to become the Chief Counsel of ACLJ, (American Center for Law and Justice), one of the most respected law firms in the United States of America. His political interests led him to endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in the year 2007. Jay also played an important part in the nomination of Chief Justice John G. Roberts in the Supreme Court.

Since 1987, Jay has argued numerous times in front of the Supreme Court many critical issues regarding the ‘First Amendment’.

Not limiting his abilities to just a litigator, Jay has emerged as the most influential legal speaker in the country. Jay voices out a popular radio program, ‘Jay Sekulow Live!’ and ACLJ This Week, broadcasted throughout the nation on major radio networks that include Sirius and XM, to name a few.

As one of the National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, Dr. Jay Sekulow is definitely someone you can look up to as a man, who has had the courage to stand for people’s rights!

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More Than 80 Members Of Congress Call On Sec. Of State Kerry To Seek Release Of American Pastor Imprisoned In Iran

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional and human rights law, today applauded a bi-partisan Congressional call for Secretary of State John Kerry to "exhaust every option" in seeking the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is facing a lengthy prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian faith.

More than 80 U.S. Senators and Representatives have sent a letter to Secretary of State Kerry urging him "to exhaust every possible option to secure Mr. Abedini's immediate release."

"This is a significant bi-partisan effort to secure the freedom of a U.S. citizen who faces incredible torture and life-threatening punishment in one of Iran's most brutal prisons – simply because of his Christian beliefs," said Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the ACLJ. "This letter from a politically broad spectrum of members of Congress underscores the real issue here: the U.S. government must protect its citizens and exercise every diplomatic tool available to secure the freedom of Pastor Saeed. We are very grateful for this Congressional support and urge Secretary Kerry to act without delay. Pastor Saeed's life hangs in the balance. Secretary Kerry's personal involvement in this case is critical to securing the freedom of this American."

The ACLJ represents Pastor Saeed's wife, Naghmeh, and their two children who live in the United States.

The letter, which is posted here, calls on Secretary of State Kerry to engage this case directly and without delay.

"As an American citizen, Mr. Abedini deserves nothing less than the exercising of every diplomatic tool of the U.S. government to defend his basic human rights," the letter states.

"Every American citizen traveling or living abroad should have the assurance that the U.S. government will come vigorously to his or her defense if they are unjustly detained or imprisoned. We respectfully request that you continue to use every diplomatic avenue possible, in cooperation with our allies and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, to secure Mr. Abedini's unconditional release and personally and publically condemn his arbitrary detention in a statement."

Taking the lead in this Congressional request is Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), Co-Chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), along with over 80 members of the House and Senate, including Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Congresswoman Shea-Porter (D-NH).

The letter urges Secretary of State Kerry to exhaust every possible option to secure Pastor Saeed's release.

This Congressional push comes just days after the ACLJ and its European affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), filed a document urging the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva to call on Iran to immediately release Pastor Saeed.

Pastor Saeed remains imprisoned in Iran and continues to be tortured, beaten and psychologically abused.

The ACLJ continues to work with the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the European Union to secure Pastor Saeed's freedom.

The ACLJ's #SaveSaeed campaign continues to gather momentum – as thousands upon thousands of people all over the world are tweeting, Facebooking, and signing our petition which focuses on bringing additional international pressure on the Iranian government.

Led by ECLJ and ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has affiliated offices in Israel, Russia, Kenya, France, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. The ACLJ is online at aclj.org.

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Jay Sekulow the exuberant legal expert

In a career spanning across more than three and a half decades, Mr. Sekulow has achieved immense success as an attorney.

Receiving doctorate of philosophy from the Regent University, Jay began his career at the office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Services working as a Tax Trial Attorney. Jay has succeeded in presenting in front of the United States Supreme Court on multiple occasions, which has won him huge critical acclaim.

Jay was listed in the National Law Journal’s highly sought-after ‘100 Most Influential Lawyers in America’ list as well as the Power List (1994).

Over the years, Jay has cemented his place as an attorney with unsurpassed expertise in religious litigation, making him one of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 years (profiled by Legal times).

Jay Sekulow is currently the Chief Counsel of ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice), one of the most powerful law firms in the country.

ACLJ Urges Senate to Reject Nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, said today former Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense would put our closest Middle East ally, Israel, at greater risk by creating instability and weakening our military effectiveness in one of the most dangerous regions in the world.

“The fact is former Senator Hagel is the wrong person for this job,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which has an office in Jerusalem. “His record is deeply troubling. Instead of backing Israel, Hagel refused to sign a letter of support for Israel. He opposed labeling Hezbollah a ‘terrorist organization.’ And, he supported direct dialogue with the terrorist group Hamas. He even voted against labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which has a long history of terrorist activity, a ‘terrorist organization.’ We need a Defense Secretary who understands the critical U.S.-Israel relationship and will work to strengthen it – not weaken it. The country deserves a sound and capable leader who directs our Armed Forces through strength, not appeasement. We urge the Senate to reject the nomination of Hagel.”

The ACLJ has launched a national petition urging members of the Senate to defeat the Hagel nomination.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C.

ACLJ Files Lawsuit Against CA School District on Behalf of Christian Youth Club

The fate of after-school Bible clubs in California may rest on the outcome of a lawsuit filed today in United States District Court. The suit filed by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) argues that Orange County’s Buena Park School District unconstitutionally rejected a Christian youth club’s request to meet in District facilities on equal grounds with similar, nonprofit, nonreligious youth organizations.

The “Good News Club,” a local affiliate of the international, Bible-centered organization Child Evangelism Fellowship, provides school kids with extracurricular educational programming and recreational activities that teach about life from a biblical perspective. Child Evangelism Fellowship’s West Orange County chapter was denied a request to use district facilities free of charge, despite California Education Code allowing nonprofit, youth-oriented groups to use public school facilities at no cost. Similar nonprofit groups have historically been permitted to meet after hours without charge at Buena Park schools.

“This selective application of policy speaks ill of the Buena Park School District’s respect for and understanding of the Constitution,” said David French, ACLJ Senior Counsel. “Freedom doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door. Child Evangelism Fellowship has every right to equal treatment and access to public school facilities for its after-school events.”

The ACLJ’s lawsuit, posted here, contends Buena Park School District stands in violation of the First Amendment on free speech, free exercise of religion and establishment of religion grounds. It also asserts that Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the law has been impacted by the district’s selective application of its own facility usage policies.

"Ultimately, this case is about legal equality. Religious speech is entitled to the same access as any other kind of speech, and religious students deserve the same treatment as all other students," said French.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington.


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